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Register Now for the 2014 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference!

Posted By on July 10th, 2014 at 7:21 pm | 0 comments.

Conference2013PresidentsCornerforPLHave you been touched by breast cancer?  Maybe you’re a survivor or maybe you’re caring for one of the thousands of Pennsylvania woman who face this battle every day.  If you’re interested in learning the very latest in breast cancer research, treatments, advocacy, nutrition and survivorship, we invite you attend the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Harrisburg Hilton hotel.

Attend our many outstanding workshops, stroll through the exhibitor area, and spend the day with health professionals and other survivors who share our goal of finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.

Early bird registration is now open online for $65.  Continuing Education Hours are also available for an additional fee.

Bring a friend and experience Pennsylvania’s premiere statewide breast cancer conference this fall!

WATCH: Click on the video below to learn more about the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference

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Click here to register for the 2014 PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference!

Homers, High Fives & Heart: Harrisburg Kicks Off 2014 Home Run Derby Season

Posted By on June 16th, 2014 at 8:48 am | 0 comments.

Pat-June-Derby-pres-corner-picHundreds of batters and volunteers packed Metro Bank Park this part Tuesday to Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer® with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.  Home runs were recorded and thousands of dollars were raised to strengthen our support network for breast cancer survivors, their families and caregivers across the state.  Not to mention, we had a blast!

With the help of our volunteers, batters and sponsors, the PBCC is able to provide women with the resources and comfort they need at a most difficult time in their lives.  There’s still time to join us and make a difference!  Our next stop is Lancaster at the home of Barnstormers baseball on Saturday, June 21.  Derby season wraps up Saturday, August 23 at Jerry Uht Park in Erie.  Knock one out of the park with us as we Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer this summer.

For scores from the Harrisburg home run derby, click here.

To check out our photos from the Harrisburg Home Run Derby, click here.

IN THE NEWS: Watch video clips from our first derby of the year

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Bradford County Survivor Finds Inner “Iron Lady”

Posted By on June 16th, 2014 at 8:46 am | 0 comments.
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Survivor Darci Baird smiles for a picture with her 2-year-old granddaughter Ava.

Darci Baird, Bradford County

Cancer is not a death sentence. I’ve learned that. The word is scary but it’s the word for a disease that can be beaten. You just have to face it, figure out your treatment plan, and go about the business of kicking cancer to the curb.

I was 49 years old in July 2009 when a routine mammogram found my breast cancer. I had a lumpectomy and then radiation and am now finishing up. This is my fifth year of taking Anastrazole (Arimidex).

I always thought I was strong but I learned just how strong I was, and how strong my faith was. I am 100% positive that I had the help of Christ to get me through breast cancer. I wouldn’t have come through without the prayers of so many people.
During one of my many office visits after diagnosis I saw some literature and I asked Helen Harshbarger if she thought the PBCC was worth my time. Helen said the PBCC is absolutely the grassroots organization you want to become connected to. I ordered a Friends Like Me care package for myself and getting all that wonderful information really solidified all the good things that Helen had told me.
Two years ago Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Healthcare were getting ready to host “67 Women 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania” and they asked me to help with that. That was a great experience.
About that time the movie Iron Lady about Margaret Thatcher came out. We decided to do a fundraiser with the theme that anyone who has survived breast cancer is an iron lady, so we put together the Iron Ladies Night Out. We had a commemorative stone inscribed for iron ladies past and present and laid it in front of the theatre in Sayre. We had the help and support of Marge Ross who runs the theatre and is a force of nature with a tremendous heart. I’m fortunate to live in such an awesome community.
My husband John was there by my side with whatever I needed, and my kids were too. Amanda and Tim are young adults but it’s still a shock when mom gets sick. My brother cooked for me even after I was back on my feet. Cancer can make the people around you feel so powerless, and I think that made him feel like he could do something.
My granddaughter Ava Rose Baird turned two years old in May and she is one of the reasons I fight so hard to help find a cure for breast cancer.

Study: Drug May Protect Fertility During Chemotherapy

Posted By on June 16th, 2014 at 8:46 am | 0 comments.

pregnant-womangreenResearchers at the Cleveland Clinic say they have found a drug that shows promise in protecting fertility among cancer survivors.  Goserelin, which is commonly used in hormonal therapies to treat breast and prostate cancers, is also used in fertility clinics to control ovulation.  How does it work?

According to this recent study, goserelin has been proven to prevent women from entering premature menopause that can be caused by chemotherapy.  Researchers found that women who were given goserelin injections along with chemotherapy had less ovarian failure and gave birth to more babies than women who only received chemotherapy.  Two years after starting chemotherapy, only 8% of women who received the monthly goserelin injections during chemotherapy experienced ovarian failure, compared to 22% of those with chemotherapy who did not receive the injections.  It was noted that this study only included women who had hormone-receptor-negative cancer, because many women with hormone-receptor-positive cancer typically receive the drug tamoxifen, which can cause a loss in menstruation.
Currently, the most common option for breast cancer patients to increase their chances of conceiving is to freeze their eggs, which is an invasive procedure that can cost $10,000+.  Once-a-month injections of goserelin during chemotherapy would serve as an alternative, costing about $500-$600 per shot.  Experts say, while the research shows positive results, the drug does come with side effects.  Survivors may experience a temporary postmenopausal state along with hot flashes and other symptoms.
There is some doubt among experts at the American Society of Clinical Oncology who say there is insufficient evidence that this approach is effective and “should not be relied on to preserve fertility.”
Still, scientists say they also noticed an unexpected finding of the study: women who received goserelin had a lower risk of dying after four years.   They say there is still not enough data to recommend this drug be used to treat cancer, but the results show goserelin will not worsen cancer outcomes if used to protect fertility.
To read the complete article in the New York Times, click here

FREE Summer Camp Open to PA Kids Affected by Cancer

Posted By on June 16th, 2014 at 8:45 am | 0 comments.

Camp-Kesem-picCamp Kesem, a summer camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer, is now accepting applications! The one-week sleep away camps are a chance for children ages 6-16 to have a fun-filled week and just be kids. Everything at Camp Kesem focuses on the goal of giving campers the best week of their lives, while providing the extra support and attention they need.

Camp Kesem empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, FUN summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer.  There are two locations offered here in Pennsylvania:

Camp Kesem Central PA – Fort Washington
http://campkesem.org/centralpa/about-our-camp

Camp Kesem at UPenn – Philadelphia area
http://campkesem.org/upenn

Learn more about the Camp Kesem experience in the video below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cEDBQLhdSY#t=29

The “A Day at Camp” link provides an overview of a typical day your child might expect:
http://campkesem.org/parents-campers/a-day-at-camp

Stauffers of Kissel Hill Raises Thousands for Survivors at Pink Day

Posted By on June 16th, 2014 at 8:44 am | 0 comments.

Stauffers-Pic2Pink Day at Stauffers of Kissel Hill Garden Centers was a blossoming success as folks filed in to grab their gardening essentials on a beautiful spring day. At each of their 8 Central PA locations, Stauffers offered 2% of sales as a donation to the PBCC, gave away free watering cans to anyone who made a contribution, and held an employee bake-sale to raise money. In addition, PBCC staff and volunteers were on-hand to offer free resources, information and breast cancer materials. This year’s Pink Day raised an amazing $8,377.80!  The event at Stauffers has raised more than $24,000 since its inception in 2012!
Special thank you our friends at Stauffers of Kissel Hill for planting the seed and growing a great awareness event for the PBCC!

Take the Tax Challenge: Donate Your Refund to Breast Cancer Research

Posted By on March 14th, 2014 at 8:23 am | 0 comments.

Pat Headshot$8.00. That’s the average Refunds for Breast Cancer Research donation from Pennsylvania taxpayers on the state income tax form. It may not seem like a large amount, but the PA Breast Cancer Coalition has been able to turn those $8 donations into over $3 million in grants for outstanding PA breast cancer researchers working to find a cure.

We’re asking YOU to take the PBCC tax challenge this month. If you haven’t already done your taxes, look for Line 32 on the PA-40 form and consider making a difference for breast cancer survivors and their families. From there, share the message with friends and family.

How can you spread the word?

- Share our :30 video PSA on Facebook and Twitter

- Tell your tax preparer about the importance of Line 32

- Take a proud picture with your tax form and email it to Info@PABreastCancer.org!
Every time you share the PBCC’s message, you’ll be entered to win a free registration to our 2014 Conference in Harrisburg!

Will YOU help us spread the word? Share our :30 video and make a difference beyond your donation. Thank you for supporting outstanding breast cancer researchers in Pennsylvania.

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PBCC Volunteer to Celebrate 10 Years of Breast Cancer Survivorship

Posted By on March 14th, 2014 at 8:23 am | 0 comments.

Lark-Survivor-Photo-2Lark McCarley, Lancaster County

In August I will be celebrating 10 years cancer free!

In January 2004, I was 48 years old and had been married for just 5 months.  I finally had the back surgery that I had put off for years and thought my life would be greatly improved. After much pain and rehab, by April I was happy I had decided to have the surgery. I went for my annual physical and mammogram which both had great results, but two weeks later my husband discovered a large lump on one of my breasts. I returned to the doctor who said it had to be a cyst but ordered an ultrasound to be sure, and again the results appeared clean. After insisting on more tests, I was sent to a surgeon who did a biopsy. I had to wait three weeks for an appointment due to medical personnel’s vacations. On the day I received the results, I was having my feet massaged by a nail technician, my husband was holding one hand, and I had a glass of wine in the other. When they told me it was cancer, I never before had such a feeling of dread. I knew the future would bring a lot of bumps in the road, but also that we could handle it.

They thought a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy would be sufficient. However, the results from that showed the margins were not clean and identified additional issues. My invasive ductal carinoma was grade 3, fast growing, and there was also in-situ carcinoma so they recommended a mastectomy. I went with a double mastectomy since this had been so hard to diagnose, and I chose to have implants. The surgery was scheduled in August, with chemo starting in October. The final procedure was when I received the implants in March 2005 almost a year from the original diagnosis.
Many wonderful things came from that year of surgical procedures and chemo.  I met another woman who had breast cancer and who, like me, grown up in Nashville and recently moved to Pennsylvania. She will always be my “bosom buddy”.   When I discovered the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, I signed her up to receive a Friends Like Me care package.  It was a nice surprise when I got mine and I wanted to share it with others. In fact that is why last October I volunteered to help a very good friend Marc Crusemire with his “Bridges for Boobies” scooter tour in Lancaster to benefit breast cancer awareness. I recommended the proceeds go to the PBCC and we had a very successful first year. I am excited that Strasburg Scooters is having another “Bridges for Boobies” tour on October 7th.  It’s a great day spent with guided scooter tours through the back roads of Lancaster County.

The biggest gift I was given that year was the outpouring of love and support. I received prayer shawls from churches I was not familiar with, and cards from elementary school kids that I did not know. Friends from all over the country flew in to help my husband Michael run our Bed and Breakfast, Lovelace Manor, so that he could go to chemo and other appointments with me. The other B&Bs in Lancaster County were amazing. For months they brought food for us, food for our guests and many other wonderful and thoughtful things.
The surgeries, the pain, the nausea, the hair loss, the weight gain and the cloudy memory were the bumps in the road. But the journey was well worth it for all of the positive experiences which made me a stronger, grateful, motivated and happier person.